Men who experience the sensation of pain, burning or discomfort during urination may suffer from a range of health problems, and proper diagnosis to determine the cause is important. Infection, inflammation, obstruction and cancer of the urinary and reproductive systems are all possible causes of painful urination. Men who do not get enough penis specific vitamins may be more at risk of these penis health problems. The sooner a man visits his doctor and acquires an official diagnosis, the quicker he can return to healthy and pain-free urination. Physicians will perform tests such as medical history, urinalysis and physical examination in order to reach a diagnosis.
Urinary Tract Infections
Urinary tract infection is the most common cause of painful urination in young men. While there are a range of microorganisms that can cause an infection of the urinary tract, the American Academy of Family Physicians state that STI’s such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea are the most common causes of painful urinary symptoms in men under 35. As men age, other types of bacterial infections become more common. A study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal found that the three most common pathogens responsible for causing painful urination were escherichia coli, staphylococcus epidermidis and proteus mirabilis. Once urinalysis has determined the causative microorganism, treatment with antibiotics should help to clear up symptoms within a matter of weeks.
If you experience pain or discomfort during urination, problems with the prostate gland may be at the heart of it. When the prostate gland grows abnormally, it can press against the urinary tract, obstructing the easy flow of urine and causing symptoms such as painful urination, difficult urination and frequent nighttime urination. While men over the age of 50 frequently experience benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) as a result of hormonal changes, prostate growth may also be the result of inflammation or prostate cancer. If a man has reason to suspect a problem with his prostate, it is important to go and have a medical examination to check out any abnormal growth. Treatment for prostate problems depend upon the diagnosis, but can range from antibiotics for an infection, to hormonal therapy and/or surgery for benign and malignant growths.
Cystitis is a condition where the bladder has become irritated and inflamed, resulting in painful urination. While it is a much more common in women, about 10% of all cases of cystitis occur in men each year. There are two types of cystitis: infectious cystitis and interstitial cystitis. In cases of infectious cystitis, the lining of the bladder has become infected by a pathogen, such as escheridia coli or candida albicans, and requires treatment with antibiotic/antifungal therapy in order to clear up the infection. Interstitial is non-pathogenic, meaning the bladder is inflamed and irritated but not infected. There are several possible causes for interstitial cystitis, including autoimmune diseases, hereditary disorders, immune dysfunction, and poor nerve function/neuralgia. Cystitis should be treated immediately, as long-term inflammation on the bladder lining can lead to scarring and stiffening of the bladder muscles.
Nutrition & Health Crèmes
Men should always seek out a diagnosis for their symptoms before attempting to self-treat or self-medicate. However, there are some very simple and very basic steps a man can take to help support penis health throughout the year. Nutritional factors, including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin E are important for supporting immunity and preventing infection. Amino acids such as L-arginine and L-carnitine support penis health, vitality and male hormone balance. Eat a wide and varied wholefood diet to get the best nutritional support possible, and apply natural products to the local area. Penis health formulas (most professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil) contain a range of vitamins, including vitamin C, D, E and A. These nutrients are combined with amino acids and Shea butter for fast absorption, and can be applied daily to promote tissue and blood vessel health in the penis.